We demonstrate a 3D imaging system that produces sparse depth maps. It consists in a liquid focus-tunable lens whose focal power can be changed at high speed, placed in front of a SCAMP5 vision-chip embedding processing capabilities in each pixel. The focus-tunable lens performs focal sweeps with shallow depth of fields. These are sampled by the vision chip taking multiple images at different focus and analyzed on-chip to produce a single depth frame. The combination of the focus tunable-lens with the vision-chip, enabling near-focal plane processing, allows us to present a compact passive system that is static, monocular, real-time ( > 25FPS) and low-power ( < 1.6W).